The turn of the 21st century was memorable in many ways but the best '00s TV shows have had a truly lasting impact. This list of the best TV shows from the 2000s ranks the decade's shows from best to worst based on your votes and votes from other television fans. Television has been steadily evolving over the past few decades. What used to be simply an entertaining way to spend a half hour with the family has transformed into an elevated art form. Movies have been usurped by the television medium due to a continued rise in content quality. Starting in the 2000s, when cable networks like HBO and Showtime were introduced, the focus moved to quality in writing, directing, and acting more than ever before. People in the entertainment business who used to focus on movies began to move into television.
In the '00s, there were more quality television shows on the air than ever before. Cable networks introduced shows like Six Feet Under, Dexter, and The Sopranos that revolutionized the way television was made. Other shows, like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Supernatural, changed the way people watched television, by including fan involvement and discussion as part of the experience. Comedies like Arrested Development and The Office and reality shows like American Idol also reigned supreme in the television universe.
What are your favorite 2000s TV shows? Which top series from the 2000s deserve to be remembered for years to come? This list includes the highest-rated and most talked-about shows that aired in the '00s, so vote up the best shows of the decade.